Old St. Pat’s appeal is so strong that it draws parishioners from more than 200 zip codes. This is both a blessing and a curse. The parishioners feel a strong connection to the church, but are not always connected to each other. The purpose of Men’s Group is to build connections across zip codes and generations.
The men of Old St. Pat’s build fellowship by working together in support of the
church’s service organizations and celebrate their impact at regular social events.
THREE LEGS OF THE STOOL
The Men’s Group makes connections, develops a sense of community and builds fellowship across zip codes (and across generations) through shared volunteer experiences, light-hearted social events and a monthly discussion series.
The OSP Men’s Group provides “manpower” to support the church’s other service organizations and assist with its special initiatives. The members serve as a SWAT team of sorts, answering the bell when volunteers are needed.
The group is serious about its volunteerism, but it is not a serious group. The social events are light-hearted and designed to build fellowship through humor and genuine celebration of the impact that the members’ service efforts have produced.
Recent events include a pig roast, an evening of trivia and beer tasting, and a chili cook off.
The Men’s Group also develops a community through a monthly “Joes Having Joe” round table discussion series. The discussions give the men of Old St. Pat’s an opportunity to get to get to know, and learn from, each other while chewing the fat about a “purposeful discussion” topic of the month.
If you are interested in getting to know some of the other guys filling the pews of Old St. Pat’s, click here or sign up below to receive emails about upcoming volunteer opportunities and social events.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
- Joes Having Joe Roundtable: Every 1st Friday
- 7:00 – 8:30 in 711 W. Monroe
- Monthly Breakfast: Every 4th Thursday
- 8:00am to 9:00am open house at Palace Grill – 1408 W. Madison St.
- Salute to Service Speaker Series
- Presentation and Book Signing
Randy Lewis, Author and Disability Employment Advocate
Wednesday, May 8 | 6 pm | 625 W. Adams
In a world where those with mental and physical disabilities are seen as “disabled,” what would it take to not only have those individuals contribute, but to also give them the same expectations, goals, and work at the same wage as those without disabilities?
A disability employment advocate, Randy Lewis joined Walgreens in 1992 as a divisional vice president in logistics and planning. Living within the world where technology and creativity combine, Randy designed and opened the the first distribution facility of its kind to employ a significant number of people with disabilities (more than 40% of the workforce has a cognitive or physical disability.) Drawing inspiration from his autistic son, Randy has become a speaker and author on the topics of incorporating those with disabilities into the workforce, receiving numerous awards for his volunteer work and advocacy.
Special pre-order book pricing of $11.00 ($19.65 retail), includes book signing. Please consider a $5.00 donation for event costs.
Sign up and pre-order here: tinyurl.com/OSP-RLewis
- Men’s Group Reception with Randy Lewis
- There are a small number of slots open for a post-presentations reception. If you are going to attend this reception, please also attend the presentation and consider purchasing the book.
7:30 – 8:30 pm | Community Room, 2nd floor of 625 W. Adams
Cost: $25, includes include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and other refreshments.
The Men’s Group invites the men of Old St. Pat’s to join them for a private reception with Randy Lewis following Randy’s presentation and book signing, which are open to all parishioners. Randy is a former Walgreens executive, disability employment advocate and author of the book No Greatness Without Goodness. This is a great opportunity to meet Randy and discuss his dedication to connecting people with disabilities to their communities through employment. Register early, as there is a limited number of spots open for this reception.
Registration link coming very soon.